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Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory (over Terror)

This weekly photo challenge is on the theme of “Victory.”

The events of Friday evening culminating in the cold blooded murder of 129 people and countless injuries were perpetrated by a group of terrorists affiliated to ISIS, they also killed 43 people in Beirut and another 80 in Baghdad.  Many of the killings in Paris were in outdoor restaurants – this is where the events of Friday come home to me most chillingly.

Given the events of recent days in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad and probably other unreported places I thought I’d post these pictures from an earlier time in Paris – a beautiful city, in honour of those who died who called this place they called home and others who died there and elsewhere.

Just over 1o years ago in October 2005, I spent a day in Paris with my parents and my own young family. It was a great day – visiting the Pompidou Centre, Notre Dame, taking a boat along the Seine and climbing the Eiffel Tower. It’s the sort of thing that I am sure many will have done last Friday.

We ended that day sitting outside in the warm Autumn air at an outside restaurant.

I imagine that Parisians are both shocked and scared and that those bars and restaurants will be much emptier this weekend. My sympathies are with all those affected by these atrocities. I don’t blame people for staying indoors and keeping a low profile. Terrorists terrorise  and they have achieved one of their aims.

I wonder how long before people return to the street cafes again?

If they do then they have declared victory over terror.

If they don’t then terror will have won the victory.

I hope that that will never happen.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Ornate Cambodia

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”

Nowhere does ornate as well as the Far East. I was lucky enough to spend time in Cambodia back in the summer of 2013.  The images below come from Phnom Penh where I wandered one wet rainy afternoon.

Earlier in the same trip we went to the awesome Angkor Wat temples in Siem Reap. These ancient temples are intricately ornate – even the tree roots covering the jungle temples are ornate!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate Feathered Friends

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”

My first offering from the many birds encountered here in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Pictures from Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundary Lizards

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Boundaries.”

We saw these lizards whilst  waiting to go into a swimming pool at a Diamond Mine in Shinyanga .They were clinging to the walls in the hot sun.

P.S.  It’s a long story – but sad to say  after a long wait we were’nt allowed in!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Change (of perspective)


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

So often when I take photographs in my Tanzanian garden I do so from one position on the front porch/veranda. There is a comfortable bench and the viewpoint is a good one.

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But today I moved a chair and sat in a different place – a change of perspective on a familiar place.

Black Kites and African Paradise Flycatchers were the highlight as I sat beneath the tree

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Weekly Photo challenge: Chameleon Change

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

My last post was all about the Chameleon in the garden earlier this week – a perfect example of change – so here it is again.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic Chobe

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Monochromatic.” Taken on our Safari in Chobe National Park, Botswana.